Getting Tagged for Blogging Tips

Quill Pen - the pre-computer age blogging toolMy buddy and peer, Katie Baird, over on Loosely Speaking Blog tagged me in her blog yesterday with a meme on blogging tips.

The rules of this meme are that I star the five items I think most important, and then add my own tips at the end. And, of course, tag other bloggers. Here goes.

First the long list:

1. Look, read, and learn.
2. Be EXCELLENT to each other
3. Don’t let money change ya!
4. Always reply to your comments.
*5. Blog about what you know & love.
6. Don’t use filthy language-buy a dictionary.
7. Blog about something educational.
*8. Be yourself; others will follow.
*9. Don’t have too many blogs that will become a chore to maintain.
10. Keep it simple, user-friendly, interesting and organized!
11. Keep the blog simple and sweet!!!
12. Share with others your thoughts and don’t be shy!
13. Never ask for link exchange. Blog hop to increase traffic.
14. Don’t clutter your blog with ads all over the place. IT’S IRRITATING.
15. Don’t comment for the sake of commenting. Some looked too fake and it’s a big turn off!
16. Share something interesting and you will gain more readers.
17. Show that we care to all bloggers, treat each other as friends.
18. Pictures say a million words. Keep them coming!
19. Blogging should be fun or you’ll get tired of it pretty soon.
20. Don’t think people will come to your blog if you’re not willing to pay a visit to them.
21. Everyone loves to read short postings and, best, illustrated with a picture.
22. Try not to publish more than 5 posts in one blog a day. Even if it’s from feed reader, it’s quite hard to digest and catch up reading everything.
23. Blog: the other window to peek into people’s life, minus the trouble. Keep a certain level of privacy to yourself.
24. Never tell your readers that you are going on vacation. That’s basically telling them to not visit your blog for a week. Instead, write several posts, and take advantage of the timestamp feature.
25. Try and write with people in mind that are somewhat similar to you. Allow your audience to identify with your blog and feel at home.
26. The key to a good article is a good introduction. A joke, a question or a picture does wonders.
27. If you are looking to earn an income blogging read StevePavlina.com and Problogger.net, you will be amazed at what you can learn.
28. Write for yourself first. Remember that it takes time, effort, patience…and above all, daring.
29. Photos for your blog should always be shot in the RAW! No, not in the buff, but in RAW format. That leaves you a lot more room to play with your subject.
30. Blog about what you’re interested in, and what you want to share. And it’s your blog, you make your rules.
31. Scared of the new digital camera? Go out, take lots of pictures, slowly learn the bells & whistles. Enjoy! (GrannyJ’s tip)
32. I disagree with Rich — until you’re ready for heavy-duty PhotoShopping on a pro basis, stick with .jpg’s. Easier to handle. (GrannyJ’s tip)
33. Resize your pix before downloading to the Internet; you won’t eat up your on-line storage space nearly as fast. Remember, too, that the resolution on most screens is 72 pixels/inch. I resize all my pictures to 6″ wide x 72 pixels/inch (and hype the contrast — the Internet flattens pix). If you have a picture good enough to steal, it won’t have definition good enough for a commercial use; let them get in touch with you for permission to use. (GrannyJ’s tip)

*34. If you are a hobby blogger, using free blogging software will suffice. But what if your hobby turns into a professional offshoot of your business? In that case, I recommend you wade into WordPress which is infinitely customizable. To get up to speed on WordPress, use these three resources: (Katie’s tip)

*35. Choose your permalink structure (carefully) before you start, so that your links have actual names, rather than numbers in them. (Better for traffic). (Katie’s tip — and one I wish I’d known way back when I started!)

36. Don’t become a pest by just commenting all the time on a top-ranked blog in hopes of driving up your traffic. That tactic is annoying and will be noticed by others. (Katie’s tip)

37. My own list of must read blogs and their lists of tips (where will this ever end?!)(Katie’s tip)

My Contributions to this effort:
38. Spell check your blogs!

39. Write the way you speak, but then read what you write before posting. (Reading it aloud will help point out trouble areas.)

40. Blogging shouldn’t be a chore — it should be a joy. If you aren’t having fun, neither is your reader. Fix that!

41. Research what you present and use internal links to reference your topic. This will bump up the value of your blog and to give your readers more information and new venues to explore.

42. Always give credit where credit is due. It’s a great way to win friends, influence others and keep yourself on the ethical side of the copyright question. If you have questions on any legal issues related to blogging, visit EFF’s Legal Guide for Bloggers.

Now to tag some bloggers I admire (all of whom work like I work — remotely):

JJ Murphy (WriterByNature.com) – And extraordinary nature blogger who makes me green with envy (pun intended) with her knowledge of foraging, nature and the beauty to behold just outside.

Anna Baron – A virtual assistant maven blogging over on ActiveRain and helping Realtors and real estate agents across the map.

Evy Williams – (evyw.wordpress.com) Owner of niche business BrochuresByDesign.com and blogger over on wordpress.com.

If you want to see a few more blogs I really enjoy, visit these:

The Gageteer – brings out the inner geek, and the outer geek and the through-and-through geek in me!

GottaBeMobile.com (more “newsy”) and JKOnTheRun.com (now forwarding to gigaom.com/mobile/) which is more chatty with lots of ohhhh appeal – both of these sites help to scratch my “mobility” itch when it comes to technology.

Rich on Linux – great little breaking news blog on Linux and related interests.

Facibus On Blogging – all about the art and craft of blogging (along with occasional other diversions.)

… along with several dozen others that help me lose track of time and divert all my energies in a multitude of directions.

(Note: Image taken from Morguefile.com courtesy of photographer lyns.)

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